Pre-production Archive

Casting Your Location: How to Find (and Keep) a Great Location For Your Film

The right location can make a film, the wrong location can break it. Recently,

Strengthen Your Lookbook with This Checklist

Pitch not strong enough? A lookbook can be the ace up a hardworking producer’s

A Better Budget: The Beginner’s Guide to Planning an Indie Budget

A typical feature budget has 30 to 40 categories, anywhere from 250 to 300-plus

What Cinematographers Can Learn from Comic Book Artists

“In art school I taught a course called the Cinematography in Comics, and my

Understanding Copyright Law: Pitches, Facts, Characters and the Ambiguities of Section 102

Gregory Bernstein’s book Understanding the Business of Entertainment, the Legal and Business Essentials All Filmmakers

How To Keep Screenwriters And Producers In Sync

Movies, obviously, are a storytelling medium and as such, at a fundamental level the

Here’s How to Make a Million Dollar Movie for Thousands

“The passion translates. If you have passion for the project it comes across.” Some

Rules of the Screenmovie: The Unfriended Manifesto for the Digital Age

The digital world is rapidly taking over as the predominant environment for our waking

Legendary Producer Marin Karmitz on Great Directors, Producing, and Why Money is Never the Real Problem

Combining taste, business savvy, and enduring idealism for the role cinema can play within

10 Unconventional Steps to Get Your Indie Film Out in the World

Where do you go after winning the Palme d’Or at Cannes for your first

Need a Storyboard Artist? This May Be the Best Directory of Professional Artists Around

For many filmmakers, the storyboarding process is essential for visualizing and organizing their projects before they

11 Keys to Filming in a Small Town

It’s often said that creating a boot-strapped, no-budget independent film is a lot like

Storytelling in an ‘A.D.D. Culture’: How to Capture Your Audience’s Divided Attention

What is at the core of filmmaking? It’s the same thing that made us

Cumulative Advantage and Women Playwrights

At The Summit, a public conversation with prominent DC theatres’ artistic directors convened by Washington

DCC042 – We Make Movies (feat. Sam Mestman)

Have you ever tried to get your movie made? You aren’t alone. Sam Mestman

A Massive List of Upcoming Grants All Filmmakers Should Know About

It seems like every week a grant deadline flies by, and you find yourself

Are Your Costumes Telling Stories? Take a Look Inside the Costume Design for ‘American Hustle’

Making a film means getting really good at plate spinning, and oftentimes, the plate

Alfonso Cuarón Takes Us on a Journey Through Each Stage of Production for ‘Gravity’

October belonged to director Alfonso Cuarón and his groundbreaking film Gravity. Not only did the film

7 Tips for Crowdfunding Your Event from The Atlanta Film Festival

Chris Holland worked in the film industry for more than a decade. In the

BBC and China Central TV to Open Story Development Center

State broadcast giants seek documentary, live event collaboration. HONG KONG — The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Formatting Your Script – The Basics

I’ve been asked by some people how to properly format a script. Note that


I’ve kind of fallen into consulting on crowdfunding campaigns as a means of, you

How to correctly budget your crowdfunding campaign

The other day, I posted the results of a survey I’m working on as

Jungle Software Upgrade – Gorilla 5

All New Engine & Interface Over 4 years in the making, Gorilla 5 has

How to make your first feature film for $5,000

I love it when worlds collide. Steve Moramarco found his lead actress (me) for

Jungle – Production Solution 2

Gorilla Film Production Software puts you in control like nothing else. Designed by filmmakers,